Nestora end hunger strike (June 5)

On Friday, June 5, Nestora suspended her hunger strike after six Community Police members were moved from prisons in distant areas of Guerrero state, to a local jail near their homes. Nestora, however, remains ready to resume her hunger strike if she is not freed. She is also demanding the transfer to Guerrero of two Community Police leaders, Gonzalo Molina (who also ended his hunger strike when Nestora did) and Arturo Campos. They are currently in maximum security prisons far from their families.

This weekend there was heavy government repression against activists in Oaxaca, Guerrero, Michoacán and Jalisco who were protesting the federal elections. The protesters say the elections are a farce and are demanding the release of political prisoners, an accounting for the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, and an end to school privatization plans.

U.S. military aid and equipment is being used to by the Mexican government to brutally suppress internal political dissent. End Plan Merida!

VICE News: “Hunger Strike Called Off by American Woman Jailed in Mexico After Starting Citizen Police Force”

In one of the highest-profile stories about Nestora Salgado’s imprisonment yet, VICE News offers an informative account of her community policing efforts and subsequent arrest, her recent hunger strike, and the international efforts to end her incarceration (including a reference to this website). We encourage all of Nestora’s supporters to share this news story! We must spread the word if we hope to win her release!

VICE News: Hunger Strike Called Off by American Woman Jailed in Mexico After Starting Citizen Police Force

An imprisoned U.S. citizen whose case has come to symbolize the Mexican government’s crackdown on community armed police forces in the state of Guerrero ended a month-long hunger strike on Thursday.

Nestora Salgado, who emigrated from Mexico and became a naturalized citizen in the US state of Washington, agreed to lift the hunger strike she began on May 5 to protest what she and international supporters called false charges of kidnapping and organized crime.

Salgado has been at the center of the struggle over public safety in Guerrero between state officials and grassroots community militias, which have sprung up in differing forms in states such as Michoacan.

Read VICE’s full coverage here.

A brief but heartening glimpse of Nestora.

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Leaders of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE), a Mexican trade union whose leaders have been camped out at the Monument to the Revolution in Mexico City while in negotiations with the Secretary of the Interior, joined a demonstration in support of Nestora Salgado today. One of the banners which led the march was brought to Mexico by the delegates of the US Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado, an ex-comandante of the community police in Olinála, Guerrero. The families of other political prisoners and teachers marched to the Tepepan prison where Salgado is being held, after she was moved at the beginning of the week from a federal maximum security prison in Tepic, Nayarit. Spirits were high as she waved out the window of her hospital room.

June 4, 2015. Photo by Pablo Ramos.

Reporting San Diego: “Activists Were Invited Briefly Inside of the Mexican Consulate”

We’ve received a promising update from San Diego:

June 3, 2015 (San Diego) Activists from multiple community groups arrived in front of the Mexican Consulate at 5 in the afternoon. They came expecting a response from the Consulate on the letter they turned in on Monday.

The group is committed to getting a response; their demand is the freedom of Nestora Salgado. While her imprisonment is no longer at the high security prison in Nayarit, but now at a mid-security prison in Mexico City, she remains in a hunger strike, now at the 30 day mark.

When they arrived outside the consulate they waited a short time and then they told the security guard they had an appointment with the Consul. They expected to be received by General Consul of Mexico in San Diego Remedios Gomez Arrau. Instead Alternate Consul Fernando Vargas received them.

To read the full story, click here.

KPBS: “San Diegans On Hunger Strike Protest Mexico Imprisonment Of US Citizen”

KPBS has released their coverage of the protest at the San Diego Mexican Consulate on Monday. The entire article is worth reading, but the end is especially powerful.

Felix Garcia, a San Diego resident in his 60s who strummed on his guitar and song revolution-era songs outside of the consulate, hadn’t eaten in more than three days.

“I feel weak and hungry, but my conviction is stronger,” he said.

Garcia said he looks up to Salgado because of her defense of indigenous communities in Guerrero, one of Mexico’s poorest states.

“She represents resistance. Liberty. Freedom,” he said.

Read the full story here.

Nestora Salgado “faces 1,000 years in Mexican prison over kidnapping accusations”

Recent reports claim that the new prosecutor assigned to Nestora’s case not only refuses to drop the charges against her, but is seeking a prison sentence of nearly 1,000 years for the community police force leader. Such trumped-up charges reveal the extent to which the government is willing to go to send a message to political dissidents seeking to end corruption in Mexico.

Read the full story here.

¡Nestora necesita tu ayuda!

A pesar del gran apoyo el 21 de agosto del año presente, ganar la libertad para Nestora y sus compañeros aún queda por delante de nosotros.

El 21 de agosto marcó el primer aniversario de la encarcelación de Nestora Salgado en una prisión federal en Tepic, Nayarit. Con su apoyo, el movimiento para liberar a Nestora y a otros presos políticos en México ha crecido internacionalmente, pero la victoria sigue siendo difícil de alcanzar.

La masacre el 26 de septiembre en Guerrero de cerca de 50 estudiantes, en un ataque coordinado por la policía y los criminales, es una prueba más de que tenemos nuestro trabajo por nosotros. Estos asesinatos han llamado la atención internacional sobre la corrupción de las figuras que son responsables de tener a Nestora tras las rejas: el gobernador de Guerrero, Ángel Aguirre, quien se niega a liberar a Nestora a pesar de la orden de un juez federal, y el Presidente Peña Nieto quien ha presidido el encarcelamiento de cientos de hombres y mujeres que se han levantado en contra de la violencia y la corrupción en otros estados y ciudades.

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Fred Hyde’s letter to Seattle Times regarding Kenneth Bae and Nestora

An editorial was posted to Seattle Times after North Korea released a U.S. prisoner. The Seattle Times Editorial Board asked for the release of Kenneth Bae, who has been imprisoned in North Korea for over 2 years. Here, Fred Hyde writes a letter to the editors to also consider asking for Nestora’s release.

Dear Editor,

Regarding your Friday, September 24 editorial on Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in North Korea, there is another U.S. citizen who is suffering harsh prison conditions in another country and deserves to be released.

Nestora Salgado, a resident of Renton, is a political prisoner in Mexico. In 2013, residents of her home town of Olinalá, Guerrero, elected her coordinator of their legally authorized community police force. Local and state officials conspired to jail this brave indigenous leader for carrying out her duties in an honest, principled manner that exposed their corruption. They have kept her locked up for over a year despite a March federal court ruling declaring her innocent and ordering her release. The international campaign to free her has the support of eight members of the Washington congressional delegation and many groups and individuals.

Mass protests over the disappearance and probable murder of 43 activist college students by police and drug cartel thugs in Guerrero drove the state’s Governor out of office last week­the same person responsible for Salgado’s arrest and ongoing detention.

The time is now for President Obama to call Mexican President Peña Nieto and insist he free Salgado immediately–before she too is disappeared.

Fred Hyde
2940 36th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98144
206-854-9057

Outrage in Mexico as Disappeared Students’ Bodies are Found

Swelling outrage over a police massacre and the forced disappearance of scores of students swept Mexico and the world [last] week.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators demanded justice for six people killed September 26 and 27 by municipal police officers and paramilitary gunmen in Iguala, Guerrero, as well as the safe return of 43 Mexican students from the Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa reported kidnapped and disappeared by the same aggressors.

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Nestora needs YOUR help!

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Despite an outpouring of support on August 21, 2014, winning freedom for Nestora and her fellow political prisoners still lies ahead of us

nestoraAugust 21 marked the one-year anniversary of Nestora Salgado’s incarceration in federal prison at Tepic, Nayarit. With your support, the movement to free Nestora and other political prisoners in Mexico has grown internationally over this time, but victory is still elusive.

The September massacre in Guerrero of nearly 50 students, in a coordinated attack by police and criminals, is further evidence that we have our work cut out for us. These murders have drawn international attention to the corruption of the political figures most responsible for keeping Nestora behind bars: Guerrero governor Ángel Aguirre, who refuses to release her despite the order of a federal judge, and President Peña Nieto who has presided over the incarceration of hundreds of men and women who have stood up against similar violence and corruption in other Mexican towns and states.

To keep this campaign alive and growing, we need your continued financialsupport. Your contribution will be used to expand public outreach, aid the working class families of other Guerrero prisoners and the enormous costs associated with Nestora’s legal representation. How much we can accomplish depends on you—Nestora’s longtime supporters.

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